A businessman accused of slapping City Councilman Vincent Anello in the face pleaded innocent to a harassment charge Friday in City Court.
David D. Bieksza, 49, who operates an auto shop on 24th Street, was granted an adjournment until Sept. 24 by Chief City Court Judge Mark A. Violante.
Police said Bieksza slapped Anello in the face Thursday morning in front of Bieksza's business. Detective Donald Flett, who was sitting in a nearby parking lot in an unmarked police car, witnessed the confrontation and made the citizen's arrest at Anello's request, Police Superintendent Ernest C. Palmer said.
Palmer said the confrontation stemmed from Bieksza's criticism of Anello on a radio talk show. Anello visited to Bieksza's business to call him a liar, Palmer said.
During the radio show, Bieksza said Anello promised he was running for re-election for four more years, but actually plans to accept an administrative job with the city if John Accardo defeats incumbent James Galie in the race for mayor.
After Bieksza got off the air, Anello went on the program, and charged Bieksza was lying and promised he would visit his business to call him a liar to his face.